Adidas' Ultra Boost is one of the best sneakers on the market.
Since Kanye West's performed in an entirely white pair of the sneakers at the Billboard Music Awards back in 2015, the Ultra Boost has blurred the line between fashion and performance sneaker more than few others. It's understated silhouette, simple colorways and woven Primeknit upper makes it the most stylish performance running sneaker made in recent memory (especially when worn with track pants). Most importantly, of the dozens of pairs of shoes I've worn in the past couple years, the Ultra Boost is decidedly the most comfortable. The full length Boost foam-lined sole kinda looks like you're walking on styrofoam. It feels like you're walking on memory foam.
But the original low top iteration of the Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 818676-005 retails at a hefty $180, in the upper price echelons of performance running shoes and certainly closer to luxury sneaker pricing than casual. Now, how would you feel if you added on an ankle sock and $40 to the price tag?
Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Huarache Run Boys Grade School Black/White/White Running Shoes V37262, released back in September of this year. Billed as a fall and winter weather-variant of the Ultra Boost, the ATR sports an ankle-height sock for increased stability and splash protection, plus a deeper-grooved rubber outsole for better traction while running in wet weather. The original's plastic lace cage is replaced with Primeknit fabric, plus a smaller box that sits atop the shoe. Finally, the ATR comes in darker colorways Nike Flex Experience 4 Girls Grade School Fiberglass/Brigade Blue/Porpoise/Copa Running Shoes V53337,MEN'S NIKE AIR ZOOM ELITE 8 748588-020Adidas Crazy 8 Mens Phantom/Tech Grey/Vivid Mint Basketball Shoes V68115, as to not show winter muck after a damp run. Adidas sent me a pair to review, so I took them not only to the damp streets of Portland, but to the streets of New York.
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The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarStelos 844591-800 for rare pairs!). The ATR keeps the original's subdued aesthetics, but the midtop construction adds a new design element which I think makes the sneaker well-suited for styling with jeans as well as athleticwear Adidas Ace 16.3 Fg/Ag Mens Solar Green/Shock Pink/Black Soccer Shoes V77157,Men's Sho eNike Cortez Ultra 833142-300Nike Air Max Excellerate Mens Black/Metallic Silver/Anthracite Running Shoes V22150,.
As for the on-foot feel, the ATR is comfortable, but not quite as comfortable as the original Ultra Boost. Though the ATR's tougher sole provides better traction than the original it leads to an on-foot feeling that isn't quite as heavenly.
Further, the shoe feels slightly tighter-fitting and more socklike than the original. The ankle sock doesn't overheat the foot, but when tied tight, the tops of my feet develop a pinchy feeling after a few hours that doesn't Nike Air Max Premiere Run Mens Wolf Grey/White/Cool Grey/Anthracite Running Shoes V99669,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarTempo 705461-001Nike Air Max Tavas Mens University Red/White/Bright Crimson/Light Crimson Running Shoes V83183, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.
As far as long-term wear goes, I took my ATRs to the streets of New York on a recent trip to test them out. They held up nicely during what I'd consider an everyday amount of activity (~2-3 miles of walking broken up with extended sitting breaks), my feet not getting particularly sore despite a long stroll through Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarTempo 2 818097-400. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Flex Fury Mens Blue Graphite/Classic Charcoal/Black/White Running Shoes V39152,Men's Shoe Air Jordan 1 Retro Low OG 705329-003Nike Lunaracer+ 3 Mens Total Crimson/White/Photo Blue Running Shoes V81052,, my dogs were certainly barkin' when I returned home. Though I don't consider those days representative of normal use, the ATR, despite above-average comfort, is not a miracle worker.
Now, what about actually running in my running shoes? I'm not a hardcore or regular runner: My cardiovascular health is slightly above average at best, but I can put away 5 kilometers without trouble, and I did just that on the treadmill and on Portland's waterfront.
On the treadmill, the ATR provided a solid, comfortable ride. Perhaps it is because running on a treadmill is excruciatingly boring, but I found myself paying more attention to my body during this run, and I noted that the ankle sock kept my feet feeling more secured than with my normal low top running shoe Men's Shoe Air Jordan XXXI Premium 914293-013.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Tri Fusion Run Mens White/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/Black Running Shoes V90817,Men's Shoe Jordan B. Fly 881444-002Adidas Element Refine Womens Neon Pink/Black/White Running Shoes V66085,, partially down the Eastbank Esplanade and back on a damp day. It wasn't raining, but it had rained plenty earlier, and the path was slick and covered with fallen leaves.
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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike Roshe One Womens Total Crimson/White Running Shoes V81043,Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable 698833-002Men's Nike Mercurial Vortex II CR FG Black/Total Crimson/White UK#N5-9596, nabs you a stylish, high-performing variant on a cool sneaker that'll help you push through Portland's blusteriest winter days. Yet, if you aren't committed to winter running, $220 is a high price to pay for a sneaker that mostly just looks cool. Men's Nike Hyperchase Wolf Grey/Cool Grey/Black/White UK#N5-9423,Men's Shoe Jordan Reveal 834064-001Nike Kids Roshe Run Print Wolf Grey/University Gold/Electro Orange/Deep Royal Blue UK#N5-9460, As someone who gets my cardio in elsewhere, I wouldn't personally spend the $220 on a performance shoe which I am not using for its intended purpose.
Then again, I will be taking my next few runs to the streets in my ATRs as long as it isn't raining sideways.
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